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To fans in the stands, the Twins' new ballpark with all its stone and Kentucky bluegrass looks like it's all wrapped up and done. Behind the scenes, there's still a scramble under way to clean up the real estate titles to the jigsaw patchwork of land the ballpark sits on, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It's no small job, as Target Field sits in one of the oldest parts of a city known for fuzzy property lines.

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April 25-29, crews will weld and replace cross ties on the tracks between the South San Francisco and San Mateo stations. On April 25, crews resurfaced the tracks between the San Antonio and Sunnyvale stations.


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April 23 marks the beginning of a series of five weekends of railroad crossing work on Redwood Road at approximately 8020 South. Utah Transit Authority will be completing crossing upgrades and new track installation at the location for the new Mid-Jordan TRAX line. The lane restrictions and closure information for each weekend is given below.

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RailWorks Corporation promoted Scott Brace to president of its subsidiary, RailWorks Track Systems, Inc., and William King to vice president of the major projects division of RailWorks Track Systems.

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On April 22, the Sound Transit Board in Metropolitan Seattle updated the preferred alternative for the East Link light rail project. The preferred alternative was modified to include a shorter and lower-cost tunnel option in downtown Bellevue, Wash., as well as a revised at-grade alternative through downtown. Inclusion of the tunnel was facilitated by the City of Bellevue agreeing to provide up to a $150-million contribution.

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The North County Transit District in Southern California is recognizing Earth Day 2010 with an aggressive sustainability campaign that will yield major environmental benefits by the end of the year. The two-part program includes extensive solar improvements at District facilities and challenges the public to ride public transit at least once a week as part of their personal sustainability goals.

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A proposal to greatly accelerate construction of a dozen transit projects and expedite highway improvement projects in Los Angeles County was approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors. The 30/10 initiative, first proposed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, would seek federal assistance to build within the next decade a series of light rail, subway and rapid bus projects throughout Los Angeles County. The Board also voted to explore federal funding or public private partnerships to expedite local highway improvements.

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St. Louis Metro has received notice from the Missouri State Budget Director that the remaining balance of the $12-million emergency appropriation approved in the last legislative session will not be disbursed to the Agency by the State of Missouri.

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There will be no train service between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail stations in northern Virginia during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, (May 28 to 31), and the first two weekends in June (June 4 to 6 and June 11-13) as the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project will undertake the first in a series of major construction activities that will eventually connect the new rail line to the existing Metrorail system.

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The Twinsburg Road railroad crossing in Macedonia, Ohio, will be a little less noisy in the future, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Macedonia City Council signed off on a deal that will create a federally sanctioned ''quiet zone'' at the tracks, located in a residential area where Macedonia, Hudson, Northfield Center Township and Boston Heights meet.

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